GIV Fellowship


The GIV Fellowship is a philanthropy internship program. Youth fellows split their time between learning about philanthropy as a cohort and being embedded in host foundations to gain hands-on experience in the sector. Through this process, we seek to achieve the following objectives:

  •  Provide opportunities for youth to discover and explore potential careers in the philanthropic and nonprofit fields;
  •  Improve the ability of the philanthropic sector to meet community needs by including youth voice, expertise, and wisdom in foundation strategies; and
  • Develop a pipeline for youth from communities underrepresented in philanthropy to enter the field.

The GIV Fellowship provides a paid internship opportunity for youth to learn about the philanthropic sector including grantmaking processes, impact investing, the nonprofit field, community engagement and more. The fellowship opportunity is open to youth ages 18-24 who are passionate about making the world a better place. The fellowship will primarily serve youth from communities underrepresented in the field of philanthropy, or otherwise disadvantaged or marginalized communities.

Summer 2022 Program

The Summer 2022 Fellowship will be primarily in-person serving the Denver Metro area and will run from June 13 – August 5. Fellows will be paid $17/hour for 30 hours/week over the 8-week program. Pairs of fellows will be placed at a host foundation based on location and interest.

Individuals meeting the following eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply:

    • Passionate about making the world a better place
    • Colorado residents who will be in metro Denver during Summer 2022
    • Have employment authorization or are a US Citizen
    • Between the ages of 18-24
    • Feel you represent a community underrepresented in the field of philanthropy, or are otherwise disadvantaged or marginalized

If you are unsure about any of the requirements, just email and ask!

Applications for the Summer 2022 Program are open! 

Apply Today!

Thank you to the inaugural participating foundations that hosted fellows during the 2021 pilot!

    • AJL Foundation
    • Animal Assistance Foundation
    • Caring for Colorado Foundation
    • Colorado Health Foundation
    • Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation
    • Gary Community Investments
    • Gates Family Foundation
    • Johnson Family Foundation
    • Kenneth King Foundation
    • Rocky Mountain Health Foundation
    • RootEd


Learn more about serving as a GIV host foundation.


Q: Does the fellowship pay?

A: Yes! Fellows will be paid $17/hour for 30 hours per week for the duration of the fellowship (June 13 – August 5, 2022). Total compensation is $4,080.


Q: What is the time commitment?

A: Fellows will work 30 hours/week for 8 weeks from June 13 – August 5, 2022. 10 hours/week are earmarked for time with the cohort of GIV participants, and 20 hours/week will be spent with host foundations. 


Q: Do I need to be a resident of Colorado? 

A: Yes, fellows for the Summer 2022 program must be Colorado residents. We do offer remote programming during semester cohorts for fellows elsewhere. Complete the form at the bottom of this page to stay in the loop.


Q: What does “underrepresented in philanthropy” mean?

A: Philanthropy has a loaded and complicated history. The GIV fellowship seeks to prepare youth from communities underrepresented in the philanthropic sector for effective careers in the field. “Underrepresented” may include youth who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, immigrants, first-generation college students, or living with a disability. It might also mean someone who has had a formative experience that gives them a unique perspective. If you consider your voice to be “underrepresented in philanthropy or decision-making,” just explain why in the application.


Q: I am busy. Can I set my own schedule?

A: We will try our best to accommodate participant schedules during the placement process, but the Summer version of this program is a big time commitment. Cohort meetings will be Mondays 8:30 – 4:30 with 2 hours of flexible time. You can work with your host foundations to scheduled your remaining 20 hours, but they will probably have to be during regular work hours. Please note any commitments or anticipated schedule conflicts in your application so we can determine the best fit for you and the host foundations. If you’re really busy, you may want to check out the Semester version of this program that is primarily remote – just fill out the form on the bottom of this page. 


Q: What kind of work will I do during the fellowship?

A: The fellowship is a deep dive into the operations of foundations. You’ll learn all about what goes into reviewing grant applicants and selecting grantees, foundation finances and programming, and critiques and innovation in the field of philanthropy. You’ll finish the fellowship by completing a capstone project with your host foundation.


Q: Do I have to be a US Citizen?

A: No, you don’t need to be a citizen, but you do need to be legally eligible to work in the US. DACA recipients and anyone with employment authorization are welcome and encouraged to apply.


Q: Can I choose which foundation I intern with?

A: Fellows will be placed at a host foundation based on their location and funding areas of interest. Please select all areas that you are interested in working on in your application. Final placement will be at the discretion of YouthRoots and the host foundation(s).  


Q: I live outside of Denver. Does the program offer a stipend for accommodations?

A: Not at this time. The Summer version of the program is targeted for young adults living in the Denver Metro region during the program period. We offer a Semester version that is primarily remote and much more flexible for fellows who live anywhere. Complete the form at the end of this page to get more info when semester opportunities open.


Q: What materials do I need to participate?

A: Fellows will be provided with all of the information they need to know about their host foundation and the work they will be doing at the start of the fellowship. Fellows will need access to a portable device (ie laptop) that they can take to and from the office. If you plan on doing some work remotely, you will also need access to the internet. Fellows will also be given a transportation stipend to support them in getting to and from their office and cohort meetings. There’s space in the application for you to let us know what accommodations you will need to be able to participate in the program.

Meet the 2021 Fellows

Maybe next time…

If you’re interested in future or remote versions of the GIV Fellowship, fill out the form below and we’ll let you know about upcoming opportunities.

A special thank you to Gates Family Foundation for their commitment to youth voice and helping develop the GIV Fellowship from the ground up.

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